Log in

No account? Create an account
Bill Roper's Journal
Dust In the Wind 
18th-Oct-2014 03:39 pm
daisy_knotwise reported to me last night that her computer was not talking to either the monitor or the keyboard. This is usually believed to be a Bad Thing (TM). Today, I went to check on it.

Gretchen has a little Acer mini-tower that I bought, plugged in, and have spent most of the time ignoring, other than fixing the occasional network problem, making sure that antivirus software is installed, and the like. I verified that it wasn't booting up and decided it was time to open it up.

Of course, I'd never opened it up before. :)

The two thumbscrews on the back were more than hand-tightened, but a screwdriver took care of that. Then you have to pull the side off while pushing a little lever to unlock it. I hadn't seen that system before, but it wasn't too hard to figure out, so off it came.

Oh, look. Dust.

Now, given what I pulled out of my system a year or so ago, I hardly have room to talk. But this system was literally choked with dust. I handed Gretchen the side panel to clean off and then just started raking dust out with my hand. I eventually figured out how to pop off the cover that held the expansion cards in place so I could get to the last of the dust -- and as I pulled the lone expansion card out, I studied it closely and suddenly said, "Look! A modem!" I didn't know this box had a modem in it. Not that a modem is particularly useful nowadays...

I figured I might as well replace the battery while I was in there, so I got Gretchen to fetch one from the stash in the basement where I've been working on things. And I found the CMOS recovery jumper in case I needed it.

Let's take a look at the CPU fan. I poked at it with a screwdriver and pulled out a fat dust bunny that was nearly an inch long. As I rotated the fan, I eventually pulled out another three similar dust bunnies before the fan turned freely. I puffed into the case and blew out the last of the dust, then rolled back over to Gretchen's computer desk and plugged everything back in.

The computer booted up happily. And there was much rejoicing.

The side cover is now reinstalled and the computer is back beneath the desk.

Another technological hurdle overcome by thorough dusting. :)
19th-Oct-2014 01:48 am (UTC)
I have a modem in my desktop box, too, and I've used it three times, I think.

On the other hand, those three times were to send faxes that I absolutely HAD to send, so I'm just as happy to have it there. Aside from that, and the possibility of my cable being out for an extended period (and even then, I would likely use my phone for connectivity), I can't think of a good use for a modem in this day and age.
19th-Oct-2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
I wish a good dusting would solve either of my home tech problems.

My laptop (a nearly sealed MacBook Air) has been fighting the OS upgrade since Friday.

The newer if our HP Printers has quit printing black. I suspect the fact that it lives in Naga's room - thus a closed room with liter boxes and copious cat hair - my have played a role, I think I'll have to take it apart to solve the problem. And that sounds like a potentially messy problem (thus the purchase of a third printer this week - although the ability to print ledger sized for signage is a bonus).
19th-Oct-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
I tend to tell people they should dust out their computers once a year. I, of course, don't do it to my PC, I just tell others they should.
This page was loaded Dec 3rd 2020, 7:32 pm GMT.